The OUTlaws organization's mission is to promote, further, and support the rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (sometimes referred to in this document as "LGBT") individuals and their friends and family, to encourage diversity, and to provide education regarding LGBT-related and diversity-related issues for the community at large.
The OUTlaws is the University of South Dakota School of Law's only LGBT advocacy organization. It is an important mission for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals in the state of South Dakota to educate the public and practicing attorneys about LGBT issues. It is especially important at USD School of Law, not only because it is only law school in the State, but because the School of Law educates a majority of the attorneys who practice in South Dakota.
The OUTlaws' goal is to educate the next generation of lawyers who practice in South Dakota with a variety of LGBT related topics. At the annual Lavender Law Lecture, we invite speakers to present these topics. Understanding LGBT issues is quintessentially important to progress and acceptance of LGBT individuals in South Dakota.
Poster for the 4th Annual Lavender Lecture
The Lavender Lecture is free and open to all members of the USD community and the public. This year's Lavender Lecture is co-sponsored by USD Law OUTlaws and Women in Law.
About the Lavender Lecture at the USD School of Law
Past speakers include:
1st Annual Lavender Lecture, February 28, 2013: Former Iowa Supreme Court Justice Michael Streit
Justice Streit was appointed to the Iowa Supreme Court in 2001. He participated in the unanimous decision in Varnum v. Brien, which struck down a statutory same-sex marriage ban as unconstitutional.
Justice Streit spoke about the Varnum decision and judicial independence.
2nd Annual Lavender Lecture, April 7, 2014: Professor Dale Carpenter
Professor Dale Carpenter teaches and writes in the areas of constitutional law, the First Amendment, and sexual orientation and the law at the University of Minnesota School of Law. He received his B.A. degree in history, magna cum laude, from Yale College in 1989. He received his J.D., with honors, from the University of Chicago Law School in 1992.
Professor Carpenter’s presentation focused on sexual orientation in the law and specifically on marriage equality in the U.S.
3rd Annual Lavender Lecture, March 26, 2015: Professor Ryan Scott
Professor Ryan Scott teaches Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, and Federal Jurisdiction at Indiana University’s Maurer School of Law in Bloomington. He is also co-chair of the LGBT Committee of the ABA Criminal Justice Section.
Professor Scott's presentation focused on the unsuccessful uses of the "gay/trans" panic defense and ways a recent ABA resolution hopes to lessen the effectiveness and use of the defense throughout the country.
4th Annual Lavender Lecture, October 19, 2016: Attorney Bridget Wilson
Bridget Wilson is an attorney in private practice in San Diego, California where she practices military law. She is a graduate of Creighton University and the University of San Diego School of Law. A veteran of the enlisted ranks of the U.S. Army Reserve, she served as a judge advocate with the California State Military Reserve for a decade.
She has been a consulting counsel for the Service Members Legal Defense Network since 1994. She is the co-legal director of the Palm Center, a think-tank on sexual minorities in the military. She has taught Military Justice as an adjunct faculty member at Thomas Jefferson School of Law.
Schedule of Events
The lecture will be held Thursday, October 6 at 3:00 p.m. in the USD School of Law Courtroom.